Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
offshore | 99 EIGHT BELLS Nigel Holman sails his final race Nigel Holman, who skippered his Lyons 40 Micropay Cuckoos Nest to an IMS victory in the tough 1993 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has died in Sydney's North Shore Hospital 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer. Nigel, aged only 52, was a regular participant in Cruising Yacht Club of Australia offshore events, representing Manly Yacht Club and Middle Harbour Yacht Club. His various yachts, all but one named Cuckoos Nest, carried the sail number MYC2 from his first involvement in the sport some 25 years ago. Cuckoos Nest was the name of the first boat the English-born yachtsman bought in Australia, a Seaway 25 from Melbourne he acquired for JOG racing in Sydney. He liked the name and kept it for his Masrm 920 and a couple of Mt Gay 30s which he raced in JOGs before moving into the big league of offshore racing with his Lyons 40. With Hugh Treharne as sailing master of Micropay Cuckoos Nest, Nigel scored a hard-fought IMS win in the 1993 Sydney Hobart, one of the toughest in the history of the blue water classic. The CYCA recognised his achievement in its Ocean Racer of the Year Awards. "Nigel began sailing with us on The Carpenter before buying his own boat, a Seaway 25 called Cuckoos Nest," Middle Harbour yachtsman Phil Yeomans, who had sailed with Nigel on all but two of his boats over the past 25 years, recalled. "He was an absolute delight to sail with, a true gentleman. The Sydney Hobart win in 1993 was his greatest sailing achievement but he was consistently a top performer in all his racing. Nigel's last race with his current Cuckoos Nest, a Sydney 39 CR, was in the Southport Race 12 months ago. We blew out two of three spinnakers before we got to the Central Coast, but we kept on sailing to Southport. Nigel said he was not feeling too well during the race and, not long afterwards, was diagnosed with cancer," Yeomans said. "That, sadly, was his last ocean race." Nigel Holman is survived by his wife Imogen. Aussie yacht wins Kiwi Coastal Classic The 26th HSBC Coastal Classic started at 10am on Friday 19th October from Auckland's Devonport Wharf in clear conditions following a weather report that forecast up to 30 knots from the south east. It also predicted a subsequent drop in wind speed, and this occurred somewhat earlier than anticipated, dashing competitors' hopes of breaking records, which had stood, in some cases, since 1996. Two new boats would take the first two spots upon arrival at the finish in Russell in the Bay of Islands with the Australian Taeping, owned by Dave Andrews, completing the course at exactly 8pm on Friday evening and Line 7, sailed by Dan Slater, arriving 23 minutes later and just 14 seconds ahead of last years' winner, Jon Vincent's X-Factor. Taeping thoroughly deserved their win," said Jon, also a committee member of the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club, the race organisers. "From a sailor's point of view, the race was perfection. We picked up waves off Cape Brett that would accelerate us from 13 to 20 knots in an instant. Conditions were ideal for boats designed to sail downwind." Multihulls would cross the line in eight of the top ten places with Simon Hull's Transpac 52 V5 being the first keelboat to arrive at 9.50pm, followed by Wired and Upshot. All three are equipped with swing keels and Wired was the first monohull to finish the 2006 event. A rival, Pussy Galore, sought redress after diverting to pick up the crew of the capsized multihull Silverraider during the race. Those rescued were transferred to a Coastguard vessel some 15 minutes later and Pussy Galore rejoined the race. Tactically, those that headed further offshore early in the event and returned later did better but yachts in the second half of the fleet would face more south westerlies than those in front, while others still at sea on Saturday morning experienced very light airs. All told, there were nine major racing divisions incorporating some 230 yachts with further competition created by the IRC rating system, class divisions and a teams' event, with a total of NZ$ 40,000 worth of prizes at stake overall. The HSBC Coastal Classic is New Zealand's biggest coastal race and one of the largest in the world. For further information please visit www.coastalclassic.co.nz BELOW: The HSBC Coastal Classic in New Zealand (2) Mandy Varney, HSBC Coastal Classic Third time's a charm for Barkow Shoreacres, Texas, USA - For the third straight time, Sally Barkow from Wisconsin has won US SAILING's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. Racing took place November 14-17 in Shoreacres, Texas. At the gala Rolex Awards ceremony held at the Houston Yacht Club, Barkow and her crew of Debbie Capozzi , Amanda Callahan and Annie Lush were awarded with US SAILING's Bengt Julin Trophy and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel & Gold Datejust, presented by Colette Bennett, National Sports Marketing Manager of Rolex Watch U.S.A.
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